Conference strives to attract eleventh graders to STEM fields

Penn State Berks will host its annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Conference, titled ?Today and Tomorrow 2013? on Thursday, May 9, 2013. Approximately 100 eleventh-grade students are expected to attend the conference, which will feature instructors and students from Penn State Berks and the community who will provide workshops with the goal of encouraging the high school students to continue their studies in science, math, engineering, and technology.

Interactive workshops will aim to enlighten students on the possibilities for future studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. One of Penn State Berks? initiatives for community outreach is to offer youth programming that encourages and prepares students for science and technology degrees and to expand efforts to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in the community. Collaboration with the Reading School District to improve science education is one way in which Penn State Berks hopes to advance this initiative.

This program was originally created and organized by Dr. Janet Winter, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics who retired from Penn State Berks in 2012.

For more information about the STEM Conference, contact Dr. Elizabeth Wiggins-Lopez, Instructor in Engineering, at 610-396-6081; or via e-mail at [email protected]